November 2005

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All Saints' Day 'Tis the Feast of All Saints! Last night was a long, fearful, and demonic night, but if you remained inside till the first light of the morning brought the robed Light Worshipers from the frosty woods to usher in this day when gentler spirits prevail, you survived. Whew(!).....I'm glad that's over for another year.
All Souls' Day Should we guess at a date for the lake being frozen over? How about November 20th?
November 3rd The Loons haven't been seen since October 29th; they've left for warmer climes. Have a good winter, Loons, and we'll see you in April.
November 4th What is so sweet as the winter's first snow? Maybe getting to share it with someone special.

About this date several years ago, my Dear Granddaughter, Em, who was then 3 1/2 years old, and her family, were visiting here at LBLR. Em and I happened to be the first ones out of bed that particular morning......I was up before her by about 15 minutes. As I sat in the morning quietness at the kitchen table, drinking coffee and admiring the winter's first snow fall, I heard Em coming out of the bedroom. I picked her up before she got to the kitchen and said to her: "Em, come here! I have something to show you". I carried her to the window and showed her the snow that had fallen while she slept. In that single moment I witnessed a look, at first, of astonishment, and then, of delight. That delicious moment was a "one and only"! It was the "one and only" time that she was both old enough to be astonished, and too young to have remembered it from previous years. It was GREAT(!), and I was the only one lucky enough to see it.
November 5th This is the opening day of hunting, and Ron, Mike, and Dave have again made their deer camp at LBLR. Here are their 2 bucks. They got the small one this morning and the big one this afternoon. Click HERE.
November 6th I still believe that the Vikings will win their division championship this year.....of course that's not much to brag about. And if you know my feelings about the Vikes, you know I'm not happy about it.
November 7th Already it appears that my guess for when the lake will be frozen (made only 5 days ago) is not going to be right......the weather has been too warm. I now believe that December 1st would be a better guess.
November 8th Oh no(!).......Christmas commercials already! Arrrrgh!
November 9th There were a few snow flakes this morning.....but not nearly enough to call it the winter's first snowfall.

General local business stuff:
The new restaurant/bar (The Outpost) near the Casino in Deer River is open.
Hardy's Hamburger in Grand Rapids is being remodeled and will reopen as an Arby's.
The old Family Host restaurant (which closed a couple years ago) will re-open in late December.
A new convenience store is under construction next to Jerry's Warehouse Liquor.
November_10th Charles "Chick" Stover, my closest friend from 1957 to 1965, whom I have seen only rarely in the last 40 years, has agreed to spend at least a week at LBLR early next Spring, and to re-shingle the roof of my house during that time. This entry is to serve as a (semi) proof of his commitment to do case he tries to back out.

[Hey Stover, look at this......I have it documented. Give me a yell if and when you see it.]
Veterans Day From a proclamation signed by the President on October 8th 1954:

"I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom. And let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."

To all veterans: THANK YOU!
November 12th Lori, Randy, and I had a great meal last night.....a beef roast with carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes, etc. A hardy "thank you" and complements to Lori, our chef. Geez, it's fun when she's here! Incidentally, a few hours before supper Randy caught a nice Northern Pike (probaby the last one we'll catch till ice fishing) which we used as an hors d'oeuvre.

Congratulations to my Dear Aunt Ruth Ann and her new husband Fred on their wedding day. Aunt Ruth Ann, when are you going to bring Fred here to visit?
November 13th It's 7:00 AM; the sun is rising and the snow is falling. The weatherman says we'll have 2 to 4 inches on the ground by nightfall.

Much later in the day..........
It's now 10:00 PM and there is NO snow on the ground, nor was there more than a trace of snow on the ground at any time during the entire day. Such is the weatherman!
November 14th Lots of snow was predicted for today. None fell!
November 15th 7:00 AM: There was supposed to be a few inches of snow on the ground when we got up this morning; there was none! On the plus side, the lake temperature dropped 3 degrees in the last 4 days....down to 42. That's a good sign; maybe we'll have ice sooner than predicted.

9:00 PM: It has been snowing for quite some time now. For a few hours the earth stood firm and would not allow the invading snow to gain a foothold, but eventually it yielded and the white masses began to gather on the lawns and on the bare ground. The roads and sidewalks held out a while longer but eventually, they too, were overwhelmed, and finally.....our world was white. It's good, but we had hoped for more.
November 16th I never would have thunk this, but the lake temperature has dropped from 42 degrees yesterday to about 35 degrees today. Amazing!

We got some snow as I mentioned last night , but all in all, it was a wimpy snow storm. Just a few inches. Click HERE. Or for another view. click HERE.
November 17th It was 2 degrees below zero this morning, and there's ice on the edge of Little Bass. Over on Bass Lake, the whole south bay and most of the middle section is frozen. Virtually all of the Mississippi River between Cohasset and Grand Rapids is frozen. Old Man Winter made a lot of progress last night.
November 18th I sprayed my little pine trees with a product that's supposed to keep the deer from eating them this winter. I bought it from a local tree nursery. It's a mixture don't want to know what it's a mixture of, but a neighbor told me that it works pretty well.
November 19th On this day in 1649 King Charles I was beheaded, the English Civil War was in full swing, and England began its one and only period as a Republic. But within a decade they had had their fill of it, so when Charles II (son of Charles I) marched into London in 1660 from exile in Scotland, he was readily accepted as king. On that day the Monarchy was restored and the era of the Republic was over.

Oops! I thought I had noticed somewhere that Charles I died on this date, so I wrote the above words. But now I see that he was actually born on this date in 1600, so that little dissertation, though factual, is not really appropriate for today. However, I'm not going to change it. Just come back to this page on January 30th, the date that he really died, and read it'll be more appropriate then.
November 20th Since November 17th what ice there was on LBL has melted (although we still have a little snow on the ground), the ice on the Mississippi is almost gone, and there are a few open spaces in the ice on the south end of Bass Lake. In otherwords, we took a giant step......backward!
November 21st My Dear Grandfather, who died in 1991, was born 111 years ago today. Click HERE.
November 22nd Since I'm more of a Packer fan than a Viking fan, and since the Vikings beat the Packers last night, look what my "smarty-pants" granddaughters sent me this morning with "Nyah-nyah" as the only message. Click HERE.
November 23rd "A Thanksgiving dinner takes eighteen hours to prepare. It is consumed in fifteen minutes. The half-time show of a football game lasts fifteen minutes. This is not a coincidence." -- Irma Bombeck
Thanksgiving Day I suppose one should write something deep and thoughtful on a day like this, but I'm not in a deep and thoughtful mood. I'm in more of a celebratory mood. So.....Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! Relax, have a glass or two of wine, sit by the fire, and enjoy this last, somewhat peaceful day that we'll have for the next four and a half weeks.
November 25th "The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes. They put in several weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed, that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year."

Is that what Christmas has become in these modern materialistic times of ours? Christmas in our younger days or in the younger days of our parents wasn't like that, was it? But do you know whose words those are? They were written by Mark Twain over 100 years ago. Perhaps the Good ol' Days weren't all that different than our modern days.
November 26th See tomorrow's entry.
November 27th I went to St. Paul on the 25th and returned today. While I was gone the lake froze. I suspect it happened yesterday.
November 28th A lot of rain fell today and even a few inches of snow this evening.
November 29th More snow! It's not much, but it's better than nothing. The snowblower worked fine.....except for a broken shear pin. Click HERE.
November 30th "I was trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and says to myself: 'All right then, I'll GO to hell'".

Those were the thoughts of Huckleberry Finn as he made the biggest decision of his life. He decided NOT to turn his friend Jim, a run-away slave, into the authorities......even though the consequences would last for all eternity.

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) celebrated his 74th birthday on this day in 1909. He died before his next birthday.

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